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A revealing portrait – an example of showing, not telling ART FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I have to say much about this week’s inspiring picture. It’s an arresting face staring back at the viewer, devoid of hope. The title tells us everything … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Hospital Ward, a subject for art and poetry ART FOR WRITERS

It’s an impossibly long ward and a cold one. The patients have outdoor coats on and most are staying close to the stove. But the nuns seem to be taking … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lowering the temperature & igniting the imagination….ART FOR WRITERS

It’s approaching 30 degrees where I am right now (Brighton on the English south coast)  so I was in the mood for this picture by Pascal Campion. It’s called Deep … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 9 Comments

Breaking boundaries with paint and words… ART FOR WRITERS

This painting is alive. It moves. Words sometimes feel inadequate, but look at what this artist has achieved within the limits of her medium. She made paint dance… We can … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mixing it all up and seeing what comes out – ART FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I have to say much this week….look at the picture and start writing.  Who knows where you will end up: it may be in a blind alley, … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to jump on a bandwagon and do it well… Art for Writers

This young woman might be a resident of the gothic house I featured in last week’s art for writers post but I chose this painting by John Everett Millais because it’s … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 3 Comments

A moody Gothic house by moonlight…forget the election results and get stuck in…ART FOR WRITERS

If you live in the UK then yesterday was the day that decided our tomorrows…whatever you feel about the result, put it to one side for half an hour or … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 5 Comments

What stories are told over the washing…ART FOR WRITERS

….or confidences exchanged over the washing up… When I was younger I resented the women being ‘banished’ to the kitchen at family gatherings, tied to the drudgery of clearing up … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

The sun isn’t always kind and white isn’t always bright….Art for Writers

White trees and white buildings connected by white walkways…but the affect is anything but light, bright or uplifting. This is the white of bone and dead things. What we are … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

Some times you tell a story through the things you leave out…ART FOR WRITERS

This painting is called Race You to the Bottom and was created sometime in the late 1990s I imagine, or even more recently, because the artist was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Moon Madness by Andrew Wyeth: art for writers

A painting by one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century,  Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009). A writing exercise linked to this painting has to be about … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Capturing a sense of character in the land and in the sea – Art for Writers

Looking at this wonderful seascape, I am reminded of the words of American novelist E.L. Doctorow: “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 4 Comments

A much-loved painting of a small, out of the way place….Art for Writers

I’m guessing that any New Zealander reading this will recognise this picture of a remote railway station painted in the 1930s. It has become an iconic 20th century image and … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Looking at yourself – Inspiring Art for Writers

I hadn’t heard of Joan Semmel before I came across this painting and I can’t help feeling that is a failing on my part. Wikipedia tells me she is an … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 10 Comments